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Fledge watch 7-31-14

July 31st, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a very dark start to this mornings watch as a thunderstorm was occurring when I left Seneca Towers the rain eventually stopped and made way for partial clearing and a hazy sun broke thru the clouds at times. The temperature was 60 (F) 16 (C) to start

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I had to go searching first thing as there were no falcons in sight from the Broad St. bridge (BSB). I found a falcon on the southeast corner of HSBC which I couldn’t ID thru the rain and darkness, plus it had its back to me.

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It flew off when I wasn’t looking so I returned to the BSB and found a juvie on the base of Mercury. It didn’t stay much more than 5 minutes before flying off to the south.

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I took a ride over to the Frontier Communications Tower where I found a juvie on the northeast corner of the platform railing. I barely got a shot of it before it flew north.

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I said ok, I’ll play your silly little falcon games and followed its’ path to the Kodak Office launchpad where it landed on the southeast corner. As I arrived on Mill St. to watch, it walked down to the northeast corner. I was able to see a little red on the right leg so I believe it was Nor’Easter-it’s all in the lighting. 10  minutes later he flew southeast.

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I headed in that direction and ended up watching a boy and a girl flying around Bausch & Lomb and Xerox from the BSB. They kept going behind the buildings where I couldn’t see them and then landed on the northwest corner of Xerox.

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They started preening so I thought I would go to Woodbury St. where I had a less obstructed view and get ready for more flying. I couldn’t see them on that corner from there and by chance I took a pic to show my view. Lo and behold, while checking the pic on my computer I found 3 falcons flying!

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I went down Court St. to the bridge and back up Exchange Blvd. and as I turned onto Broad St. I saw 2 juvies by the base of Mercury. I continued up onto the BSB where I could see one juvie, Nettie on the base-the other juvie vanished. I believe she was searching for food as she checked out the green part of the base as well as the cement part.

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Nettie left around 8am-I missed her departure so I had no idea which way to look. After a check around downtown with no sightings I went over to High Falls where I came up empty as well. I left there and stopped on the Andrews St. Bridge (ASB) where I spotted Beauty on the southeast cube-she was eating a small morsel, and a juvie was on the small tower top disk with a large morsel.

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I drove over to City Hall and tried different spots and angles to see them as Beauty moved off the cube to the beam right behind it. I was too close to see the juvie on the disk so I ended up down on Plymouth Ave. by Frontier Field to observe it.

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After a couple minutes a falcon, whom after looking at my pics looked to be Beauty, flew over to the disk and started eating as the juvie flew off.

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She left while I wasn’t looking so I went to Fitzhugh St. in time to see 2 juvies flying east. I was about to end my watch when I heard all kinds of vocalizing from behind me. As I looked up I saw 2, then 3, then all 4 juvies above me flying south over City Place. 2 of them returned to land on the east side platform railing of FCT-they were Nettie and Mercury. A 3rd juvie flew in past them-Mercury gave chase and returned next to Nettie while the other one never returned.

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Mercury jumped down to the platform and another juvie flew in and appeared to land on the north side where I couldn’t see. I checked the north side after a bit of time passed but they all must have left while I was driving over there for when I looked they were all gone.

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Now that I had no falcons, I ended my watch just before the 10 o’clock hour. I sure will miss these young falcons when they leave on their lifes’  journey but while they’re still here I’ll keep on smiling about them and their entertaining ways! :)

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Evening Fledge Watch - 7/30/14

July 30th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

A much cooler, fall like evening.  I arrived on the pedestrian bridge at about 7:00 pm.  The water cascading over the falls is subsiding just a bit and some of the island below is starting to show again.

I was joined on the bridge by Kathy O, Dan, Jeanne and Larry O.  Kathy and Dan had been on the Broad St Bridge and reported seeing a falcon on the base of Mercury.  They couldn’t tell if it was an adult or juvie.

From the pedestrian bridge, we could see two juvies together on the northeast corner of the Xerox Tower.

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Larry O reported that while he was walking down the bridge, he and others had seen a doe escort a fawn from the island to the shore.  Everyone cheered when they both made it safely to dry land on the west side of the river.  I had been worried about the fawn I had seen over the last few evenings on the island before the heavy rains hit.  Happy to know s/he was now safe.

Rfalconcam forum member Ei reported that there was a falcon on the Frontier Communication Tower on the railing at 7:30 pm, seen on camera.  That made four falcons seen at the same time.  But, there was no way to know if they were all juvies or not.

Kathy had to leave so Larry and I decided to head downtown to look for the falcons, leaving Jeanne and Dan on the pedestrian bridge.  While I was driving around, both Larry and Jeanne tweeted that there was a falcon on the Times Square Bldg on the northeast wing ledge.  I made my way over there and found a juvie up there.

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At approximately 8:30 pm, Jeanne reported from the pedestrian bridge that she and Dan could see a falcon on top of the OCSR elevator shaft.  Larry reported a falcon on the HSBC building.  While I still had the juvie on the Times Square Bldg.  Unlike yesterday, tonight’s watch was a quiet one.  Not much flying.

We were losing light, so I decided to end my watch at 8:40 pm.  It was a nice quiet watch, just the way I like them.  Take care all and have a nice evening.  Goodnight!

Fledge watch 7-30-14

July 30th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

The morning started out cloudy and dark with a temperature of 59 (F) 15 (C) and rain in spots and turned partly sunny

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As the 6am bell tolled and I arrived on the Broad St. Bridge (BSB) I spotted 2 juvies fly over the South Ave. garage heading north and out of view behind buildings. As I turned to face the Times Square building (TSB) I spotted a falcon on the southeast column, 1 level above fledge ledge. I went down to the hole tom observe but then decided in front of the Blue Cross Arena (BCA) gave a better look.

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This juvie was eating at first as I saw another fly over Mercury and head north. the TSB juvie finished eating, cleaned itself up, pooped then flew southeast.

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I drove around the city including a stop on the west end of the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge where the High Falls were rumbling.

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I found no falcons until I returned to the BSB. There, I spotted a juvie flying above Xerox-as I started to tape it another popped into the picture and then the fun started. They chased each other and talon tagged all over the top of Xerox going in and out of view. It was a boy and a girl sky dancing for me.

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Even tho the sun was behind them, silhouetting their images, you can still appreciate their beauty and maneuverability in the air.  I lost them to the east so I left the BSB and shot them from Chestnut St. in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Park (formerly known as Manhattan Square Park). The female landed on the east side roof of Xerox near the northeast corner as the male kept flying at her and buzzing by from every direction until they both vanished from my sight.

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Next up, I spotted a falcon on the 2nd arm of the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT) from the Andrews St. Bridge (ASB). It had its back to me so I went to Plymouth Ave. to see the front, but the sun was right behind it making it impossible to ID.

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This juvie flew north and I followed right behind to find falcons on the 19th and 20th floors of Kodak Office (KO).  They were on the southeast corners and at least one of them was a juvie-they were screaming at Dot.Ca (DC) who was on the 20th floor northeast corner. They took off before I could get a shot of them- the juvie , whom I identified as Nettie knocked DC off and chased him behind KO  then landed on the 17th floor southeast corner with food.

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Beauty was now on the northeast corner of the 17th floor and DC, ended up on the northeast corner of the launchpad. I’m not really sure when, where or by whom, but the food was exchanged and Nettie had it!

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At first Nettie was noisily mantling the food but she settled down to start eating. Then DC flew off and got her all riled up again and eventually he landed next to her and started eating a piece of food himself. Meanwhile, Beauty just watched from afar as Nettie mantled her food from dad.

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DC flew west and left Nettie to eat her treasure-at times she would stop eating and for no apparent reason start whining, then continue eating. Beauty also whined a few times too-like mother, like daughter I guess.

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I left them to look for the other juvies but I had no luck finding anybody else so I called it quits at 9:30am. It was quite an entertaining watch that left a smile on my face! :)

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All Six Rochester Falcons Seen During the Evening Fledge Watch! - 7/29/14

July 29th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

What a difference a day makes.  No rain today, but cooler temperatures and raging water over the High Falls were the same as yesterday.  I arrived downtown close to 7:00 pm, first checking out the downtown area.  No luck finding any falcons there.  Brian H texted from the pedestrian bridge that he had a juvie male at the north end of the Beebee Station (just across the street from Kodak Office), so that’s where I headed.

By the time I arrived at the pedestrian bridge, the juvie was gone, but there was a juvie on the Frontier Communication Tower platform and another falcon (maybe adult) on top of the apartments on the corner of St Paul Blvd and Andrew St.

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During the time I spent on the pedestrian bridge, I was joined by Brian, Lisa, Dana, Shaky and Carrie.  Joyce and Kathy O reported from downtown.  Everyone but Shaky, Carrie, Brian and I headed downtown when all the falcon activity was happening there.  From the pedestrian bridge we were able to see a large part of all the activity, including a food transfer that one juvie carried to the old IBM Bldg on State St.  We could see Beauty on the southwest corner of the of the Hyatt and Dot.ca on the top arm of the Frontier Communication Tower.  Most importantly, we saw all 4 juvies go for the food transfer and do some talon tagging over City Hall and the City Place Bldg!  That was the highlight of my evening watch.  :-)

At 8:40 pm, it was time to join the others.  We all gathered on Aqueduct St aka “the hole”.  Another juvie was eating on the east side ledge just above the nest box level.  The others were flying here and there, one knocking Beauty off Mercury.  There was some talon tagging and Beauty chasing a small bird that got away.  Not sure where Dot.ca ended up by this time.  Maybe up in the elevator shaft?

After 9:00 pm, we all said our goodbyes and headed home.

The following pictures were taken during the evening watch.  They are all of the falcons downtown, taken from the pedestrian bridge.

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It was fantastic seeing the whole family this evening.  I’ll leave you with one more picture, this one showing all the spots we saw falcon land during the evening watch.  It’s not all the spots, but I wanted to give you and idea of what we saw tonight.  Goodnight everyone!

*Note: All my pics were taken from the pedestrian bridge.  The far distance and low lighting explains the poor quality of the pics in my report today.

Falcon Landing Spots Seen from the Pedestrian Bridge 7-29-14

Fledge watch 7-29-14

July 29th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a gray cloudy morning with a starting temperature of 55 (F) 13 (C) but so much better than yesterday when we had a deluge of rain

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After being sidelined the last 2 days with a sore back and neck, I was happy to be able to get out to watch our fantastic falcon family!

It was a slow start as I wasn’t able to find any of our feathered friends at the start from the Broad St. Bridge (BSB). I then joined Dan on the Pont De Rennes pedestrian bridge at High Falls and he wasn’t having much luck either. He saw 1 falcon on Times Square (TSB) when he first got there and another one flying from near Xerox toward Cornhill but that was it for him. I spotted a falcon on the northeast corner of HSBC just before Dan called it quits.

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It left before I could get over there and after a trip around the city in search of falcons, I finally found a couple upon returning to the east side. Dot.Ca (DC) was on a south side column of Xerox and there was a juvie further down on the roof-both had their backs to me.

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I left Woodbury St. and went over to Chestnut St. for a better angle after the juvie flew around the corner to the east side roof. Another juvie landed near the southwest corner of HSBC and after a few moments walked toward the east , then flew the rest of the way to the southeast corner.

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DC and the Xerox juvie flew off going behind HSBC out of view-the HSBC juvie, who I was able to ID as Mercury, flew off while I was watching the other 2 and returned to the southeast corner of HSBC. 5 minutes later he flew northeast and didn’t return.

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While I was taking care of some business Nettie visited the nest box area with food, which Beauty took from her as reported by Donna and Shaky. Thanks guys! When I arrived on the BSB Beauty was on cam 1 and Tesh was on the base of Mercury with food.Soon after, the Beautyful one flew over to the heel of Mercury to Teshs’ displeasure as she half mantled the food from mom and had quite a bit to say to her as well.

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Next up, I heard another juvie whining and suddenly it landed next to Tesh, who mantled the food. They both flew off-Tesh went down to the east side railing below Mercury with the goods and the other one knocked Beauty off the heel, then went to the well wall briefly. Ei reported to me later that it had been Nettie who had quite the full crop. Thank you!

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As I moved from the BSB to Aqueduct Park, Tesh finished eating and walked to the northeast corner of the railing-feaking the whole way. It was then that I spotted Beauty on the top ibeam south corner of OCSR and she was looking really sweet with a feather stuck to her beak.

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I shared space with them for about a half hour-Tesh was very alert watching everything around her. She waved good bye and  flew off to the northeast, circling above Andrews Place apartments and the Radisson Hotel then disappeared.

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Beauty was preening as she continues to deal with her molt. One of the boys showed up above OCSR,circling a few times then flying north. While I was looking for them I came across a couple people at the Federal building giving horse rides as I passed on Andrews St. Now that’s different!!

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I ended my watch at 11am but I wasn’t done seeing falcons, for as I made my way down Seth Green Drive (my road) to Seneca Towers (where I live) I spotted the very dapper Veteran on a pole near the northwest corner of the building.

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After seeing all Rochester Peregrine Falcons except for Nor’Easter, I’d say I had more than enough for a happy return to make me smile! :)

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Monday Evening Fledge Watch - After all the Rain! - 7/28/14

July 28th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Rain, rain and more rain!  Rochester and the surrounding area got lots of rain today with lots of flooding.  Finally, tonight the rain stopped and a few of the watchers made their way downtown.  I met Kathy O, Joyce and Larry O and we all spread out to look for our falcons.  The water was raging over the High Falls and the island below was totally covered in water.  The amount of water pouring over the falls was incredible!  Here is a short video of what we saw.  Just click on the following link to see my YouTube video.

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Joyce texted that she had three juvies on the southeast corner of the HSBC building, so that’s where we headed.  Just as I arrived, I saw two juvies come off of HSBC and fly together over the old Midtown Plaza shell.  They circled around to the north side of HSBC.  Joyce, Kathy and I followed one of the juvies to the west, where we found Tesh (ID’d by Joyce) on the jail communication tower.

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Tesh left and we all drove around looking for falcons, with no luck.  Kathy & Larry left and Joyce and I met back on the pedestrian bridge, hoping to see a falcon from there.  We were losing light fast, so we both headed back to the Times Square building, arriving just in time to see a juvie fly in and land on the southeast corner of the ledge just above the nest box.  It was too dark by this time to ID this falcon.  I ended my watch at approximately 9:00 pm.

It was much cooler this evening with temps in the 60’s (F) and dark clouds overhead.  Goodnight everyone!

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Weekend Fledge Watch in the Gorge! - 7/25, 7/26 & 7/27/14

July 28th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Let’s see if I can remember all the watchers that were out with me this weekend.  Sorry if I forget anyone.  Dana, Dan, Kathy O, Jeanne, Joyce, Larry O, Pat, Lisa McK, Susan C, Shaky & Kelly.

Sorry that I have no time to write up a report, but I did want to post some pictures from a fabulous four days of watching our young falcons flying in and around the High Falls Gorge area.  It has been a treat for all the Rochester Watchers to again be able to watch from the pedestrian bridge over the Genesee River.  It brings back such wonderful memories of past falcon watches.  All 4 juvies have been seen over the past three days and all are doing well.  Beauty continues her molt, but has joined in to help supply food to her young alongside Dot.ca and we saw her flying with Tesh in the gorge.  It has been a joy to watch these juvies spread their wings and fly high.

Here are some pictures from my watches, including a few at the end by my friend Joyce.  You can see why we all enjoy this area so much.  Enjoy and goodnight!

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Here are three pictures taken by fellow watcher Joyce today of three juvies talon tagging above us this afternoon!

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Fledge watch 7-26-14

July 26th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

There was a sunsational sunrise as I stepped out my apartment this morning and looked out from the east side balcony. It was a bit hazy and cloudy with sun and a temperature of 60 (F) 16 (C)

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I was surprised Dan wasn’t out this morning-as I made my way downtown via St. Paul St. which goes past the Genesee Brewery and the east side of the High Falls I check the parking lot to see if his car is there every day. Not there and not on the Broad St. Bridge (BSB). As a matter of fact, I didn’t see any falcons from the BSB either so I headed over to the east side and sure enough when I pulled over on Woodbury St. to have a look I spotted a juvie way up on the west side roof of the tallest building in Rochester-Xerox.

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Judging by the size I believe it was one of the girls-she flew off and gave me a nice show flying above Xerox and riding the wind currents,landing on the roof top antenna then seemingly floating off to fly around some more. All of a sudden I had 3 juvies in the air chasing each other ,talon tagging and landing on Bausch & Lomb. You can see it all on todays videos at the end of my report.

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They all dispersed and I didn’t see where they went as buildings were blocking my view, so I went for another drive ending up on State St. below Kodak Office where I spotted Dot.Ca (DC) on the cupola.

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I left the big guy to look for juvies and I found one on Mercurys’ head from the BSB. While standing on the north side of the bridge I couldn’t help but notice a Great Blue Heron all by itself down in the river, which was a bit higher than it’s been and covering some of the rocks. While I was taping him, the juvie whom I believe was Tesh slipped off of Mercury.

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It was a while before I saw another falcon-Larry was on the Pont De Rennes pedestrian bridge at High Falls so I joined him. Soon after I arrived I found my 2nd GBH on the north side of the bridge and Larry spotted DC on KO building #10 on what they call Acons’ peak from Mariah & Kaver days.

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Then Larry spotted who I believe was Tesh, in the Falcon Sucking Tree (FST)-she flew off over the falls and the east side park and trees back and forth a few times before returning to the FST. Moments later she flew under bridge to the north side, back under to the south side, then back under to the north one more time chasing a Kingfisher. She disappeared into the trees and we didn’t see her come back out.

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Meanwhile, DC flew off Acons’ peak circled around a couple times then landed back on the KO cupola-and there was a juvie on the southwest corner of the KO playpen that flew off as Dana joined the watch.

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I then noticed a juvie on the 17th floor of KO southeast corner. DC remained on the cupola and I got ready to end my watch around 9:15am.

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I said my good byes and left but my watch wasn’t over for as I drove down Seth Green Drive to my apartment at Seneca Towers I spotted Veteran on a roof top railing by 2 red lights that flash for airplanes. He was preening and looking south toward downtown most of the time I observed him. I do hope he doesn’t go downtown and mix it up with DC or any of the rest of the clan. After the sudden death of his 1 year old mate Luzerne I want him to find a new mate and stick to his own territory.

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Although it saddens me knowing Veteran is alone now, I must smile over the fact that he hasn’t moved on so far! :)

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Fledge watch 7-25-14

July 25th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

The early morning was mostly cloudy but the sun broke thru later after a chilly start with a temperature of 52 (F) 11 (C)

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I would like to dedicate this report to Voyager and Luzerne…

Dan was on the Broad St. Bridge (BSB) when I arrived-he told me that there were 3 juvies under the southeast wing of the Times Square building (TSB), 1 with food just before I got there. Soon after we watched Beauty fly from the west side,cross the river,fly behind Bausch & Lomb then return to land under the southeast wing and go to the back of the ledge out of view. No doubt there was food left up there as she spent quite a while back there.

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We were thrilled by a juvie that went after 4 crows near the Blue Cross Arena (BCA)-it then disappeared behind the building. Dan left and then Beauty flew over to the northeast wing ledge. The Jehovahs Witnesses were starting to make their way to the BCA for a 2nd weekend convention in a row and as I made my way down to the hole I stopped for a pic of the Rochester Knighthawks Mascot who was being interviewed at Exchange and Broad St. after I asked him for a pose.

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Around 7:30am Nettie and Nor’Easter flew in quite noisily and knocked the Beautyful one off her perch under the wing. She left the scene and they flew down to land on the north side of the roof above the well and nest box area. They were very vocal at first, then Nor’E settled down to do some preening while Nettie continued to shout out!

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Eventually Nettie stopped screaming and did some preening of her own. They stayed about 20 minutes then Nettie flew north and a half  hour later Nor’E flew behind TSB and disappeared.

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30 minutes passed before I found a falcon as I came across Beauty on the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT) below the platform on a north side beam. Dot.Ca (DC) was directly above her on the top arm of FCT.

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A juvie came flying out from the tower screaming and headed south. Beauty left or went in the middle of the tower where I couldn’t see her while I drove around trying to get a better angle on DC. I left to run an errand at this time. When I returned CarlaP was on the BSB. We checked around but couldn’t find any falcons so we went to the Pont De Rennes pedestrian bridge at High Falls. We spotted a falcon fly to the 2nd arm of FCT after about 10 minutes and then Tesh was chasing gulls in the gorge! She flew to the Falcon Sucking Tree (FST) and landed.

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Carly wanted to know how a Canada Goose over at the edge of the falls didn’t go over them-I’ve often wondered how shore birds can stand in the current and not get swept away myself. I guess it’s just another one of natures’ wonders. I spotted a Great Blue Heron down on the island below the bridge as Tesh remained on the FST.

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Our juvie boys Mercury and Nor’Easter flew into the gorge and Tesh joined them as they gave us quite a show flying around the gorge from one side to the other. When they finished Tesh went back to the tree and I spotted a falcon on the 2nd arm of FCT. I didn’t get in flight shots but I did get videos of them flying for y’all to enjoy. I’m new to watching falcons in the High Falls gorge as I wasn’t a watcher in the days of Mariah and Kaver- I must say it’s a whole different experience from watching them with buildings obstructing the view! Love it!!

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Dan joined the watch around 12:30pm just in time to see 2 juvies fly around on the north side of the bridge this time. Around 12:50pm Tesh flew under the bridge to the north then back thru to the south-as we ran from one side of the bridge to the other eo watch her I noticed people on the bridge looking at us strangely. lol Tesh continued south riding the wind above OCSR then stooping straight down by TSB and vanishing. Lisa came by on her lunch break and with no falcons in sight I ended my watch at 1pm after a fantastic 7 hour watch that made me smile! :)

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Evening Fledge Watch (6:46 - 9:00 pm) - 7/24/14

July 24th, 2014

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

It’s with a heavy heart that I post my evening watch report, after hearing of the loss of Voyager, one of our females from 2013.  At this time last year, we were posting our fledge watch reports about Baron, Rosetta and Voyager.  Fly Free Voyager.  :-(

It was a gorgeous day today.  Low humidity and temps in the 70’s with a light breeze.  Perfect!  I really thought there would be a lot of flying by our juvies this evening,  But, it was a very quiet watch.  We started on the pedestrian bridge at High Falls and ended up on the Broad St Bridge.  Watchers this evening were Lisa McK, Joyce, Brian H, Dan, Shaky and me, Carol P.

Most of the flying happened between the Frontier Communication Tower and downtown.  At one time we had three juvies together on one arm of the Frontier Communication Tower.  Two landed on top of the OCSR.  One juvie decided to do some talon tagging with a Kestrel over the old Midtown Plaza!  There was a food drop at the Times Square Bldg on the southeast wing ledge by, we believe, Beauty.

The river water level was way down, showing big slabs of rock that many gulls, ducks and two Black-Crowned Night Herons occupied.

I’ll leave you with some pictures from my evening watch.  Enjoy! and goodnight everyone!

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